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Development of participatory policy evaluation toolkit to improve democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) outcomes/ based on DRG approach
Location: Remote Based with travel for one-day-workshop
Type: Individual consultancy
Language (s) Required: English is required, knowledge of Russian is an advantage
Timeframe: During February –June, 2019 period
Application Deadline: January 30, 2019
In the frames of EvalPartners Innovation Challenge initiative: Strengthening the Role of VOPEs in Democratizing Learning and Evaluation: Democracy, Human Rights and Governance as a Showcase - Localizing Democracy, Rights and Governance Evaluation Practices, Eurasian Alliance of National Evaluation Associations receives a grant to implement the project "Empower2act: effective evaluation tools for defense and advocacy of democracy, human rights and participation in governance" aimed at the development of a value-driven policy evaluation toolkit based on participatory approach and to be used by evaluation practitioners, civil society activists and other stakeholders for the monitoring of policy development/implementation outcomes along with the promotion of the importance of DRG monitoring and evaluation through innovative advocacy campaign (e.g. cartoons, comics, visual story-telling, etc.).
Enabling environment - to contribute to creation of enabling environment for policy evaluation through wide spreading of advocacy campaigns by presenting evaluation as a value-driven tool for participative policy based on principles of equity, gender equality and social justice thus raising awareness of different groups of stakeholders on importance of evaluation;
Institutional capacities - empower Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) from the region as well as regional initiative of Young and Emerging Evaluators with effective approaches to promote evaluation in general and
efficient localized methods for DRG monitoring and evaluation in particular (advocacy campaign, webinars, toolkit, workshop); to support development of the community of evaluators in Belarus through engagement of belarusian evaluators in the workshop as there is no evaluation association in the Belarus yet;
Individual capacities - to equip evaluators from the region, including young and emerging evaluators, as well as civil society activists with effective localized tool for policy monitoring and evaluation, thus enhancing their individual capabilities for DRG evaluation with the emphasis on transparency, accountability and progress towards common good;
Inter-linkages - to increase the collaboration of civil society organizations working in the sphere of DRG in the region with the evaluators in order to promote effective DRG outcomes monitoring and evaluation practices (webinars, workshop);
Scope of Work and Job Specifications
The purpose of the Toolkit is to equip evaluators from the EECA region, including young and emerging evaluators, as well as civil society activists with effective localized tool for policy evaluation, thus enhancing their individual capabilities for DRG evaluation with the emphasis on transparency, accountability and progress towards common good. It should include evaluation practices from EECA region and/or adapted to region needs.
The Toolkit should include (app. 25-30 pages):
- Theoretical Section: overview, introduction tokey criteria to guide the process and content of policy evaluation, as well as other relevant materials on policy evaluation standards and principles with the emphasis of DRG approach.
- Practical section: practitioner supplements that include templates, checklists and other practical tools for conducting DRG evaluation (including application of new technologies).
The target audience includes:
- Evaluators, including young and emerging
- Civil society activists, DRG practitioners and consultants
- Other individuals or organisations with an interest in the topic, or involved in such assessments.
During the development of the Toolkit:
- Conduct desk-based research, gather and review relevant standards, guides and toolkits
- Consult (remotely, e.g. via skype) with evaluators and civil society activists (especially in DRG area)to gather their recommendations for the toolkit, as well as lessons learned from their experience and any assessment resources developed at the field level.
- Detailed outline of proposed tool and content (should bereviewed and approved by EvalEurasia)
- First draft of the toolkit in English (should reviewed and approved by EvalEurasia)
- Facilitation of the one day workshop in Belarus/Moldova on toolkit presentation and methods of participatory policy evaluation for good governance including promotion of human right and democracy
- Final toolkit in English - app. 25-30 pages (should reviewed and approved by EvalEurasia)
- Conduct webinar presenting the toolkit to interested audience
Timeframe and Budget
The consultancy starts from the February 1, 2019, and deliverables should be completed within 5-months period.
- Application deadline is the January, 30 2019.
- Gross budget 4000$
- Additionally, the consultant will be paid travel tickets (avia) for the workshop, as well as accommodation and meals for that period.
- The consultant will work with EvalEurasia and other stakeholders via electronic means (e.g., email, Skype, WhatsApp); there will be no extra payments for communication, or any other expenses.
Application and Selection
The following documents should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by applying candidates no later than by January 30, 2019:
- A cover letter, highlighting the applicant’s relevant experience and qualifications that will allow her/him to complete the assignment successfully with all its deliverables per this ToR. Please, include in the cover later short outline of the proposed toolkit (max. 500 words).
- The participation on the workshop will be organized by EvalEurasia separately.
Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for the next steps. Thank you!
Around 2 billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and high levels of violence, and around half of the world's poor live in fragile or conflict-affected states (FCAS)1. The percentage of the poorest living in FCAS increased from 20% in 2005 to 43% in 20152, and the World Bank estimates that, by 2030, their number will rise to nearly 50%3 while OECD considers that - without action - this number will be higher than 80%4.
The EU and its Member States have committed to pay particular attention to fragile and conflict-affected states and to support the most vulnerable5; this has been one of the key priorities of both EU development and foreign policy over the last decades. In 2016 the EU's development cooperation with countries in situations of conflict and fragility represented EUR 4.970 billion in commitments, or 52.8% of total commitments of DG DEVCO.
In terms of commitments, the yearly engagement in 2016 was 76% higher than in 2015 and 249% higher than in 2014. To limit the analysis to just five fragile countries (Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen), the EU disbursed over the period 2010 to 2018 EUR 4.195 billion; with 73% financed by DG DEVCO and 27% by DG ECHO6.
A traditional approach to evaluation in fragile or conflict-affected states and, more generally, in hard-to-reach areas is destined to fail: the number of professional evaluators available to travel to these countries is limited and the security risks during in-country travel make conventional field missions unrealistic, particularly in the most remote areas. In response to this, various development partners have started encouraging the use of methods and techniques that are innovative in an evaluation context. These include use of geo-spatial data, surveys administered by non-specialised local enumerators, phone/tablet voice or data surveys, location tracking, communication through online platforms, etc.
It is now time to learn from the experiences of these early pioneers, and reflect on some paradigms that are often overlooked, such as the importance of integrating conflict sensitivity as an area of analysis when evaluating in FCAS, and the impact of these techniques on the ethical standards of the evaluation profession.
With this initiative, organised by the Evaluation Support Service of DG DEVCO, the Unit ‘Evaluation and Results’ of DG DEVCO invites interested colleagues in both Headquarters and EU Delegations to reflect on the possibilities offered by innovative evaluation methods to respond to the difficulties that traditional evaluation missions inevitably face in hard-to-reach areas. It will also discuss the use of such methods beyond FCAS.
This initiative is open to other EC services (notably DG NEAR, ECHO and FPI), other development partners and to professional evaluators working in development cooperation and in the humanitarian field.
This reflection will start with a cycle of lunchtime conferences that will take place from February to June 2019, from 12:30 to 14:00 CET; the conferences will be hosted by the External Cooperation Infopoint of the European Commission (43 Rue de la Loi - 1040 Brussels, Belgium).
All the conferences will be webcast in order to allow remote participation of colleagues based in EU Delegations and in other locations outside of Brussels; the livestreaming links will be published on the dedicated pages of the conferences and will be accessible at https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/infopoint_en and on DG DEVCO intranet.
Interested in participating? Please register here to receive a reminder a few days before each conference: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7PHYHS
At the end of the cycle, a call-to-action paper will present the key highlights from the conferences. This, along with the video recordings of the conferences, a call-to-action paper and relevant bibliography will then be published on Capacity4Dev, DEVCO intranet and DEVCO Academy, an open learning platform accessible with a EU Login (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/devco-academy/)
The latest version of this presentation paper can be downloaded from https://web.tresorit.com/l#5ZZoMG3EfZ8MOThfLrDcPA
Should you need any further information about this initiative, please contact the ESS at email@example.com
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2 Same as footnote 1
4 OECD (2018), States of Fragility 2018, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264302075-en
5 European Consensus on Development, 8 June 2017, https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/new-european-consensus-development-our-world-our-dignity-our-future_en
6 DEVCO’s Statistical Dashboard, viewed on 12 November 2018 (EC internal)
The 2nd APEA Conference 2019 will be held in Manila, Philippines from 25 February to 1 March. The theme of the Conference is “Reducing Poverty-Enabling Peace: Evaluation for accountability, transparency and sustainable development”. The Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) is a regional organization representing national evaluation societies and networks. The conference is organized by APEA in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, 3ie and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE). The Philippines is one of the first countries in the region to have a national evaluation policy.
The Day 1 will mark capacity building opportunities on various aspects including a workshop on Evidence Based VNRs conducted by UNICEF which will be held in Marco Polo Hotel, Manila.
The Day 2 of the Conference on February 26, 2019, will feature a Parliamentarians’ session highlighting their commitments towards evaluation in the context of the Agenda 2030 as a follow up to the EvalColombo2018. The session, to be held at the Congress of the Philippines in Quezon City, is a milestone as it will be the first national parliament in East Asia and Pacific region hosting an international evaluation event. It is expected that parliamentarians from the region and beyond together with government officials, evaluation professionals and development partners will attend the session.
The inauguration of the 2nd APEA Conference will be held on 27th February (Day 3) at the Asian Development Bank Head Quarters in Manila. The President of ADB will deliver a special address. The 3-day conference features key note speeches, panels, roundtables and world café sessions giving opportunity for participants to learn, share, network and commit for the advancement of evaluation for transformative development. The last two days (Days 4 and 5) of the conference will be held in Marco Polo Hotel, Manila.
The 2nd APEA Conference 2019 expects an audience of around 300 delegates coming from a wide range of participants –legislators from various countries, representatives from UN, government executives, representatives of development organizations/ multilateral banks, research think tanks and academia.
We are happy to invite you to the 2nd APEA International Evaluation Conference and your presence will make the conference a wonderful platform to make a difference in the evaluation field. Please liaise with the conference secretariat for details. Further information can be accessed on https://www.apeaconference2019.com/
Prof. Romeo Santos, President – APEA firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ms. Erika Lareza, Conference Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org,
Mr. Asela Kalugampitiya (for the parliamentarians session) email@example.com
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The United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites qualified companies to submit sealed tenders to conduct the evaluation of the Future of UNESCO’s Education Sector. The strengthening, balancing and positioning of UNESCO’s global intellectual role and technical country support role within the context of Agenda 2030
The deadline for the submission of proposals is 28 January 2019 at (23:59 GMT+1).
Interested bidders will find more information on how to obtain a complete set of Solicitation Documents by clicking on the following link:
The United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites qualified companies to submit sealed tenders to conduct the mid-term evaluation of STEM project.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is 18 January 2019 at 17:00 (Yangon time).
Interested bidders will find more information on how to obtain a complete set of Solicitation Documents by clicking on the following link:
Congratulations to the student teams and their coaches from Chile, Czechia, England, Germany and Mexico who participated in the inaugural World Evaluation Case Competition! Hats off to World Champions Team England and Honourable Mention Team Chile for their excellent submissions.
Special thanks to this year’s judges from Bolivia, Egypt, South Africa. Thanks too to the Global Water Partnership for their help in developing a challenging case for our talented competitors.
There will definitely be a World Evaluation Case Competition in 2019 and the Organizing Committee will be working with the illustrious international Advisory Board on the path forward.
Who will be next year’s world champions? A challenge to all national evaluation associations – it’s time to organize a national level evaluation case competition so that your national champion can represent your country in the world championships!
Check out www.WorldCaseComp.one for information about this year’s pilot competition as well as some very useful background information on how Canada and Czechia created their own national competitions.
The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 22nd grant cycle (2018). Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years. Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas: (1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls; (2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and (3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
This year, the UN Trust Fund is also seeking applications that specifically focus on:|
(a) addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; or
(b) addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
Applications from women’s rights, women-led, and small women’s organizations are prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level.
The application deadline is 18 January 2019.
The complete Call for Proposals detailing criteria, eligibility requirements and application guidelines is available at: http://grants.unwomen.org/ or via the UN Women homepage.
UNICEF wishes to invite interested companies for provision of the Country Programme Evaluation for Serbia (2016-2020)
SEALED proposals should be sent to:
Svetozara Markovica 58
Bid Reference RFP 2018-9144593 Country Programme Evaluation for Serbia (2016-2020)
Alternatively E-MAILED to firstname.lastname@example.org in two separate emails with attachments.
Attachments must be password protected.
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Bidders are requested to confirm no later than 23 November 2018 their intention to submit proposal, by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or fax to +381/11 3602-199.
Proposal form RFP 2018-9144593 must be used when replying to this invitation. The reference RFP 2018-9144593 Country Programme Evaluation for Serbia must be indicated in the subject of the e-mails as indicated above.
Proposals must be received by latest 14:00 hours (local time) on 30 November 2018. Proposals received after the stipulated date and time will be invalidated.
Passwords for the protected attachments should be sent in separate e-mail to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNICEF developed its Country Programme Document (CPD) jointly with Government partners for the period 2016-2020. The CPD was designed to be aligned with key Government strategies notably the EU accession process, the SDGs, and the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014-2017. The CPD 2016-2020 is to a large extent a continuation of strategies endorsed by the previous country programme and the comprehensive Mid-Term Review conducted in 2013.
In 2015, Serbia was making good progress in legislative and public sector reforms and working towards meeting international standards in the fields of education, social protection, health, justice and anti-discrimination. National averages for this middle-income country looked relatively good. However, disaggregated data showed significant inequities associated with poverty, rural areas and significant discrimination associated with ethnicity and disability.
The object of this Evaluation will be the Country Programme for the Republic of Serbia 2016-2020 implemented by UNICEF (country office but also the contribution, where relevant, of UNICEF regional and global human, normative and financial assets) in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Serbia. More particularly, the evaluation will look at the relevance of the design and strategic focus of the country programme vis-a-vis identified unmet needs of children in the Republic of Serbia in the period 2015-2019.
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EvalPartners Innovation Challenge
Strengthening the Role of VOPEs in Democratizing Learning and Evaluation: Democracy, Human Rights and Governance as a Showcase
Localizing Democracy, Rights and Governance Evaluation Practices
The EvalPartners Innovation Challenge in a snapshot
EvalPartners, the global partnership to strengthen national evaluation capacities, received a grant from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the United States Department for State for 2018-2019. The grant helps EvalPartners continue its global engagement to proactively support VOPEs by funding a new round of Peer to Peer (P2P) grants and Innovation Challenge partnerships, in addition to the development of an e-learning module and of a VOPE toolkit section on strengthening the role of Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) in democratizing learning and evaluation using Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) as a showcase.
EvalPartners defines innovation challenge as a process that:
i) Develops a product, process or service that yields new pathways to enhance an enabling environment for evaluation
ii) Imaginatively reframes or recombines different points of view and different existing elements for sufficient action or impact,
iii) Shows potential for implementation and replication
iv) Is rooted in a methodology or process, and;
v) Accounts and accommodates for risks and potential unintended consequences.
Innovation Challenge objective: The objective of this round of innovation challenges is to innovate local solutions for evaluating interventions for better democracy, enhanced human rights, and improved governance. EvalPartners seek proposals that strengthen local capacity, tools and guidelines adopted to local context for democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) evaluations.
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How to apply
Kindly send the completed annex 1 to email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com The deadline for the submission of the entry form is November 30 2018, midnight GMT. Winners will be announced by December 20, 2018. All winning projects must be completed by August 31, 2019, with no possibility for extension.
EvalPartners will award a grant of up to US $20,000 each to a maximum of 4 winners. No grants will be awarded to individuals. EvalPartners reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to award a grant to any of the proposed projects. Grant contracts will be managed by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation.
Applications should include:
- The signature of the main applicant
- Letters of endorsement from each party to the projects, including the managing VOPE
- The bank account details should be readily available once the selection is announced (not necessary to submit with the proposal)
The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Ethics and Code of Conduct Task Team is commissioning a mapping study to identify current good practice with regard to evaluation ethics and to pinpoint issues that need to be reflected in the revised UNEG ethics guidance and code of conduct. The task team is seeking the services of an experienced consultant to conduct this mapping and review. Interested candidates should submit their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as follows:
- A full resume or CV
- A short outline of the proposed approach to the assignment (no more than 2 pages)
- A cover message indicating expected daily remuneration.
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 November 2018.
Link to TOR: https://docs.wfp.org/api/documents/WFP-0000099927/download/
Through this request for proposals (“RFP”), the GCF is seeking to contract qualified, reputable and experienced Firm(s) for Provision of consultancy services for supporting evaluations and reviews to be conducted by the IEU of the GCF in 2019 as well as in 2020 through establishment of non-exclusive Long Term Agreements (LTAs) on the basis of “if and when required” with no legal obligation to order any minimum or maximum quantity.
Deadline for application is 21st October 2018.
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The IEU/GCF is looking for a consultant to commission a Synthesis Study of IEU and GCF Evaluative Evidence and Lessons from past and current evaluations, reviews, studies etc. conducted by the IEU and the GCF, focusing on the findings, conclusions, recommendations and scenarios presented so to draw the overall lessons learnt and highlight key patterns emerging from the evaluative work by the IEU, independent units, GCF Secretariat and other units, and other organizations within the wider organizational landscape of climate finance.
Deadline for submission: October 22nd, 2018, 12:00PM KST
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Beneficiary country(ies): Denmark
Registration level: Basic
Published on: 24-Aug-2018
Deadline on: 07-Sep-2018 23:59 (GMT 2.00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
UNICEF wishes to qualified service provider to submit an offer for the above tender. Please find attached for your review RFPS-DAN-2017-502857 for Consultancy Services for Impact Assessment of ViVa.
- The proposals must be submitted to the following email: email@example.com. Proposals sent to any other email will be invalidated. Do not send general queries to this email.
- The subject line of the e-mail should include the bid number; i.e. 502857
- Attachments to be maximum ten (10) megabytes per email and submitted in PDF format. Larger attachments and attachments other than PDF format will not be accepted.
- No other recipient should be "cc" or "bcc" in the email submission
Proposals must be received latest by 23.59 hours (Copenhagen time) on 7 September 2018, and will be opened on 10 September 2018. After submission of your offer, you will receive an acknowledgment receipt.
ANNEX B3 - Financial Proposal Template
European Evaluation Society 13th Biennial Conference – Thessaloniki – October 1-5, 2018
“Evaluation for more resilient societies”
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS OPEN!
One-day workshops take place on Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The EES professional development workshops provide an opportunity for evaluators and evaluation stakeholders, to access high quality, up to date and practically oriented sessions on the ever increasing and rapidly evolving body of evaluation theory and practice.
24 one-day workshops are offered for this 2018 pre-conference session, on topics such as: evaluation approaches, evaluation designs, specific methods related to various themes, evaluation & the SDGs, evaluation & gender equity, evaluation & resilience and evaluation capacity.
For more information on the programme and to register:
For the latest news about the conference: http://www.ees2018.eu/
EES Professional Development Workshop Co-chairs
Ian C. Davies, Credentialed Evaluator
The website is now open to receive applications for the inaugural 2018 Bern IPDET 2.0.
Featuring a two week program, the Core Course in week one, offers a comprehensive overview of development evaluation fundamentals. The specialised workshop offerings in week two will allow participants to tailor and further deepen their learning. Please proceed to the website for program details, accommodation options as well as the portal for online application: http://www.ipdet.unibe.ch/
IPDET was developed to fill a global need that continues today for short-term, intensive, executive-level training in development evaluation. IPDET provides managers and practitioners with the generic tools required to evaluate development policies, programs and projects at the local, national, regional and global levels. A unique training initiative of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, the Centre for Evaluation (CEval), and Bern University, it is offered for the first time this summer in Bern, Switzerland. We have worked to build on the successes of the past 16 programs to offer what we believe is a world-class learning experience.
IPDET is designed for development professionals who will or are conducting, managing or using evaluations. Participants can come from government ministries or agencies in the developing world, development banks, the non-profit and foundation sectors, the United Nations system, as well as bilateral development agencies, universities, think tanks, and private sector consulting firms specializing in development evaluation. In addition, all countries are required to evaluate their contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This makes it more important than ever to develop the capacities to conduct and commission high-quality evaluations.
Applicants can register for any combination of the program that meets their educational needs – from a two or three-day workshop to the entire two-week program. In addition to intensive learning in large and small groups, the program includes special guest speakers, networking events, participant roundtables, and more.
Please visit http://www.ipdet.unibe.ch/ for more information about the program and our group of world-class, international faculty. Apply now!
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Group (ICCE TIG) are pleased to invite professional evaluators living and practicing in developing countries to submit applications for International Travel Awards to attend and present at the 2018 AEA Annual Conference. The conference is scheduled for October 29 - November 3, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
This year we anticipate awarding nine International Travel Awards of up to $2,000 USD each. In addition to the funds, awardees also receive waived conference registration, pre/post conference workshops, and AEA membership. The awards may be used to cover travel costs (flights, visas, etc.), food, and shared accommodations. Please note that awards are paid out as reimbursement of documented expenses and are paid only to those who are selected, who attend, and who make the anticipated presentation.
Eligibility and How to Apply
In order to qualify for an AEA International Travel Award, all applicants must meet all criteria below:
- Have not previously participated in AEA conferences;
- Demonstrate good fluency in English, being able to make a professional presentation and sustain a discussion in English (applicants may be interviewed by one of the International and Cross-Cultural TIG Co-Chairs as part of the selection process);
- Submit a complete INDIVIDUAL application (group applications will not be accepted), including cover letter, budget, curriculum vitae or resume, and two letters of reference. No applications will be considered without all of these elements;
- Be a citizen of, and both reside and practice evaluation in, a developing country for at least two years (US citizens or those with dual citizenship between the US and a second country are not eligible. For a list of countries considered to be developing, click here;
- Propose to present at the Evaluation 2018 conference and have at least one proposal accepted. Applicants must submit one of the following approved presentation types: Panel, Paper, Multi-paper, Roundtable, or Think Tank. Submissions that do not follow the approved formats will not be considered for these awards. If a proposal is submitted in an approved session format, but is accepted to present as a format outside of the approved list, then the submitter is not eligible for these awards.
Funds for the International Travel Awards are raised through generous donations to the annual AEA Silent Auction and the contributions of workshop speakers who donate their honoraria.
Visit AEA online for more information about the International Travel Awards and submit your application material today!
Questions? Need help preparing your application materials? Please contact Shawna Hoffman at SAHoffman@rockfound.org for more information.
Smallholder producers in Africa manage up to 80 percent of farmland in Africa and are responsible for the majority of the food produced (FAO 2012). Despite the central role they play in local food systems, these farmers face a variety of challenges in producing enough food and income to meet the needs of their families and contribute to broader rural development objectives. They lack access to inputs and services such as quality seeds, irrigation, reliable weather information and extension services, and rights to land and other natural resources are weak as are redress mechanisms when conflicts arise. For women, who make up almost 50 percent of agriculture labor force in sub-Saharan Africa, the risks associated with smallholder farming are compounded by gender inequalities. The gender gap in agriculture - exemplified by reduced access to agriculture resources, few resources tailored to their needs/priorities and harmful social and gender norms, laws, and policies - all further disadvantage women, which leads to lower agriculture productivity and consequently fewer economic opportunities for women and lower food supplies for them and their communities.
In 2014, African governments renewed their commitments to the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), to transform rural livelihoods and address poverty, including for women and men smallholder producers who make up a majority of those suffering from hunger. Despite this, progress against hunger has stalled and in Africa and the number of people who are food insecure has increased since 2010. While African governments have committed under CAADP to allocate 10 percent of their budgets to the agriculture sector, only Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are meeting their spending targets, and for all countries there are issues related to poor quality of agriculture policies (e.g. lack of transparency and accountability, lack of gender sensitivity) and/or lack of implementation of policies.
In order to address these issues Oxfam has been working across a number of African countries to advocate to governments to meet their CAADP commitments, improve the quality of agriculture polices and increase government accountability for implementation of strong agriculture polices designed to benefit women and men smallholder farmers. Particular attention is focused on ensuring increased awareness of the role and importance of women farmers and improved policy and practices to benefit them. While the approach varies by country, Oxfam and partners seek through this work to create increased space and capacity for civil society and farmer groups, particularly women farmers, to engage directly with their governments to advocate for themselves and hold their governments accountable. In Tanzania Oxfam has developed an innovative approach to community empowerment and engagement, called the “animator model”, through which community representatives are nominated to participate in an intensive program focused on building knowledge and skills related to accountability, negotiation and community mobilizing. These animators are then supported to apply these skills in their communities, leading citizens to take action and create change. In Burkina Faso, Oxfam and partners supported rural women leaders representing farmer’s organizations and CSO’s involved in the agricultural sector to develop the "Rural Women's Manifesto: 10 Measures to Build Burkina without Hunger", which has been the driving force behind a number of policy advocacy and campaign efforts. Oxfam and partners have used the manifesto and other opportunities to create platforms to enable dialogue between small holder farmers, farmer groups, and associations (particularly women) with political parties & politicians, government representatives, and media.
The purpose of the evaluation is to better understand the progress made and lessons learned in influencing policymakers and creating space for citizen engagement and influence on agriculture policies and practices in two of the core countries where this work is taking place - Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The primary audiences for the evaluation will be Oxfam staff and core partners1 who are part of the agriculture advocacy and active citizenship work in Burkina Faso and Tanzania, as well as other countries in Africa. Secondary audiences include Oxfam management, other Oxfam teams engaging in this type of work, and Oxfam funders.
Click here for the full RFP for more information including key questions and deliverables.
Oxfam invites bids from individuals and groups of individuals with the experience and skills described above. Please send the following to Lisa Hilt at firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 February 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard
The Canadian Evaluation Society warmly invites you to help promote our 2018 Conference which will be held in Calgary Alberta May 27-29, 2018 on the theme of "Co-Creation in Evaluation".
You are important partners in evaluation, often leading innovation by challenging and adapting methods to context, and/or seeking capacity-building and partnerships. Please help spread the word widely among your networks and project teams involved in evaluation; especially to encourage applications for presentations and workshops!
The Call for Proposals is open until December 15, 2017. All submissions are welcome, in English ou en français. No extensions. Logos are attached below the signature block.
The Conference Organizing Committee has prepared some information on the co-creation theme; please contact directly anytime: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
Did you miss Riitta Oksanen's talk on the role of professional education and training in the professionalization of evaluation?
Watch it now in English, Spanish, French, or Russian -- https://goo.gl/dWrNdD
The Evaluators' Institute has just unveiled their programs for 2018: two programs in the DC region and one in Los Angeles, as well as a December 2017 online course. More information about each course is below.
Project Management and Oversight for Evaluators
Dec 5-14, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-12 am EST
An online course from The Evaluators' Institute The purpose of this course is to provide new and experienced evaluation professionals and funders with strategies, tools and skills to: (1) develop realistic evaluation plans; (2) negotiate needed adjustments when issues arise; (3) organize and manage evaluation teams; (4) monitor evaluation activities and budgets; (5) protect evaluation independence and rigor while responding to client needs; and (6) ensure the quality of evaluation products and briefings. A full description is available on our website:
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February-March Program, DC Metro Area
February 26-March 10, 2018
TEI offers 2 weeks of courses on practical topics for the professional evaluator, taught in the DC metropolitan area. All courses count towards our professional certificates in evaluation, and are taught by world-renowned theorists and practitioners. Discounts are available for groups, individuals registering for multiple courses, and early registration. For a full list of courses, visit https://tei.cgu.edu/events/feb-march-program-2018/.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
March Program, Claremont CA
March 12-17, 2018
TEI offers a week of courses on practical topics for the professional evaluator, taught in Claremont, CA (near Los Angeles). All courses count towards our professional certificates in evaluation, and are taught by world-renowned theorists and practitioners. Discounts are available for groups, individuals registering for multiple courses, and early registration. For a full list of courses, visit https://tei.cgu.edu/events/march-2018-program-claremont-ca-2/.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July Program, DC Metro Area
July 9-21, 2018
TEI's flagship program offers many courses on practical topics for the professional evaluator, taught across two weeks in the DC metropolitan area. All courses count towards our professional certificates in evaluation, and are taught by world-renowned theorists and practitioners. Discounts are available for groups, individuals registering for multiple courses, and early registration. For a full list of courses, visit https://tei.cgu.edu/events/july-2018-program/.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Type of notice: Request for proposal
Registration level: None
Title: Mid-Term Review of the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021)
UN organization: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Reference: RFP / IOS / EVS / OSY / 2017
Deadline: 18-Oct-2017 23:59
Time zone: (GMT 2.00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
The United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hereby invites qualified companies / individuals to submit proposals to conduct a Mid-Term Review of the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth.
The evaluation is planned to take place between October 2017 – March 2018.
Interested companies / individuals will find more information on how to obtain a complete set of Solicitation Documents by clicking on the following link:
Turning Goals Into Reality
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an unprecedented global endeavour that requires transformative leadership and a new bold approach. The Agenda recognizes the critical role of evaluation in informing global and national leaders of the best way to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will require efforts to further strengthen evaluation practices, in developing and developed countries alike.
The aspirational nature and interconnectedness of many of the Agenda’s goals will require those conducting and commissioning evaluations in both the public and private sectors to have a thorough understanding of the Agenda and its goals, targets, and indicator framework; different approaches to evaluation, such as performance-based vs. system-based approaches; as well as equity and human-rights based approaches.
The Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals (ELPE) is a certificate training programme designed to build evaluation capacity to support the voluntary national follow up and review processes of the SDGs.
The ELPE equips leaders with the most cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation, including:
• Evaluative, analytic, and systems thinking
• Visioning, strategy and planning leadership skills
• Communication and advocacy skills
• Understanding impact pathways
• Developing comprehensive SDG evaluation frameworks & policies
• 4-week online course
• 5-day face-to-face workshops in New York
• 4-week follow-up project and personalized coaching online
Efforts are being undertaken to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to waive or reduce fees. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants from developing countries.
Participants successfully completing the programme requirements, including the online course end of module assessments and actively taking part in the NY residential and follow-up coaching components, will be entitled to a Certificate of Completion. Participants not successfully completing the online course but meeting other programme requirements will be entitled to a Certificate of Participation. Certificates will be issued jointly by Claremont Graduate University and UNITAR.
Click here to visit the UNITAR website for more information.
Click here to view a comprehensive guide to the program in PDF form.
2018 ASP Annual Conference | Call for Presenters
The 2018 Annual Conference program committee is seeking dynamic speakers for 3 or 6 hour pre conference masterclass workshops (Wednesday, May 9, 2018) and 75 minute conference breakout sessions (Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, 2018).
Bridging the Strategic Execution Gap
Across sectors of our disrupted economy, there is growing awareness that, as key leaders formulate strategy for their organizations, a gap in understanding, performance, and execution often occurs for those charged with implementing the initiatives flowing from the strategy. This gap invariably translates into unwanted costs, lost opportunities and the failure to execute.
The 2018 Conference is an opportunity to invite professional colleagues from related disciplines to join with us to establish a better understanding of the strategy execution gap. From this shared understanding, we are looking for new insights, tools and techniques that will help each profession bridge their vector of the gap.
Submission deadline: Friday, October 13 at 5 PM ET
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The Claremont Evaluation Center provides world-class practical and theoretical training workshops in evaluation and applied research.
This longstanding series, taught by leading academics and seasoned practitioners, is made even more accessible by highly interactive online webcasts. Previous years have consistently brought hundreds of participants to Claremont from across the globe, representing an exciting cross-section of the private and public sectors.
Workshops include practical topics (such as grant writing, running an evaluation consulting agency, and working with stakeholders) as well as rigorous methodological topics (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, appreciative inquiry, blue marble, and more).
August 17-22, 2017
Professionals: $100 per one-day workshop
Students: $50 per one-day workshop
Rajib Nandi from Evaluation Community of India has put up a query seeking feedback on how to increase membership of a young VOPE. Please respond so that we can learn and apply in our own VOPEs. http://gendereval.ning.com/ forum/topics/seeking-feedback- on-how-to-increase-membership- of-a-young-vope
CALL FOR PAPERS
2nd REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR EVALUATORS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS
25-26 X 2017, HOTEL INTERNATIONAL, ZAGREB
Organised by the Western Balkan Evaluation Network (WBEN), Croatian Evaluation Network/Institute of Economics, Zagreb (HEM/EIZ) and Croatian Section of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA)
The PROGRAMME BOARD of the 2nd Regional conference of Western Balkan Evaluators invites members of evaluation networks and other interested experts that deal with evaluation of public policies, programmes and projects to submit abstracts based on practical evaluation experience and/or scientific research to be presented at the conference by 15th July 2017.
Working languages of the conference are English, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Slovenian and Serbian. Authors can submit their abstract in one of the mentioned languages and present in the language of own choice. The plenary sessions and round table will be facilitated in English. Parallel sessions will be facilitated in accordance with languages of the majority of authors and audience in the session.
MAIN CONFERENCE THEMES ARE:
- PRACTICE: State of practice and system of policy impact evaluation in states, sectors, regions; perspectives of specific experiences and published evaluation studies.
- CHALLENGES: Challenges in evaluation theory, methodology, systems, standards or ethics.
- INTERNATIONAL APPROACHES TO EVALUATION: Evaluation systems and broader evaluation challenges of the EU, international donors, UN and other global evaluation protagonists.
- EVALUATION COMMUNITY: Organisation and functioning of evaluation communities in the region.
- NETWORKING: Regional cooperation of evaluators – experiences from the regional network/s.
We INVITE AUTHORS to prepare abstracts and include the following information:
- Name, surname, organisation, contact information (E-mail, Telephone, Address)
- Presentation Title (cca. 10 words)
- Abstract text between 300-500 words including a brief problem description, research objective, case studz or methodological issues that will be presented, key findings, results, and conclusion with reference to evaluation methods, practice or experiences relevant for networking activities of evaluators. Mention 2-3 references to cited literature/publications.
- For PLENARY AND PARALLEL SESSIONS presentations have to be prepared as visual support to the presentation content to be presented by the author. Please, prepare the presentation in „power-point format” or similar and it should last for 15-20 minutes.
- For the POSTER session authors prepare a schematic/graphic presentation of a selected theme, which will be presented during the session breaks.
ABSTRACTS CAN BE SENT by e-mail to any of the Programme Board Members, and for any further help, feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (BiH); email@example.com (Croatia), firstname.lastname@example.org (Macedonia; Montenegro), email@example.com (Slovenia); firstname.lastname@example.org (Serbia). Information is available at: http://www.sdeval.si/ or http://www.eizg.hr/.
Confirmation about the selection results will be sent to the Authors by 10th September 2017.
Call for Papers and Registration Form (Download PDF) (Download Word Document)
EvalPartners is pleased to launch the 2017 round of "Innovation Challenges" thanks to a generous contribution from the Government of Finland. The objective of this round of innovation challenges is to pilot, experiment and implement advocacy ideas for evidence-based approaches that can help bring on board “non-traditional” evaluation actors to harness their contribution to EvalAgenda 2020.
Discussions during the 3rd Global Evaluation Forum which organized by EvalPartners in Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan in April 2017 concluded that “… there is a need to build the demand for evaluation results among a broad range of stakeholders, including parliamentarians, private sector, academe, civil society groups, citizens, and the media. This demand should be institutionalized through corresponding laws and policies on evaluation practice and use. As translation of SDGs to national and local levels remains a challenge, one of the functions of evaluation is to make SDGs meaningful for various stakeholders and in various contexts…” This is exactly what this innovation challenge is trying to address, by opening-up the boundaries of evaluation practice beyond evaluators and commissioners of evaluation.
EvalPartners will privilege out-of-the-box, agile and quick turnaround actions in response to this call. Unlike the Peer to Peer (P2P) mechanism which is exclusively restricted to VOPEs, Innovation Challenges are open to VOPEs, but also non-profits, academia, advocacy coalitions, think-tanks and other Civil Society Organizations, as long as they engage into an organic partnership with one or VOPEs from the Global South. Outcome of the Innovation Challenges are expected to inform the 2018-2020 action plan of EvalPartners.
We look forward receiving your proposals and working together with you on new "challenges".
Call for Application for the 2017 Innovation Challenge (PDF) (Word)
Application Form (PDF) (Word)
The Drosos Foundation is seeking national consultant(s) to facilitate the articulation of an overarching M&E framework for the foundation’s work in Egypt in addition to the formulation of the different KPIs for the different programs.
Further details on the assignment including application procedures are in the attached ToR. For those who are interested, please send your technical and financial proposals by June 20, 2017 to the following email address: email@example.com
UN Women in Tunisia is recruiting a consultant to conduct an evaluation of the project « Appui à la création de mécanismes intersectoriels pour la prise en charge des femmes victimes de violence dans le Grand Tunis ». Please find the link to the TOR below. The deadline is the 2nd June.
Terms of reference for Consultancy Assignment
The parliamentarians’ movement for evaluation has rapidly grown in the past few years, particularly during 2014-2015. Regional parliamentarians’ fora were created in Africa, East Asia, (www.pfeea.org), Latin America (https://foropelac.wordpress.com/) and MENA. The first ever parliamentarians’ forum, the Parliamentarians Forum for Development Evaluation (PFDE) was established in South Asia in early 2013 (www.pfde.net). The African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) was initiated at the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) conference held in Yaounde, Cameroon in March 2014. Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) was launched on 25 Nov 2015 at the Parliament of Nepal while celebrating the International Year of Evaluation 2015.
GPFE had the network meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in the context of EvalPartners Global Forum and one of the recommendations was to develop advocacy and communication materials. It is needed to communicate parliamentarians on messages on GPFE, evaluation, Sustainable Development Goals in a simple message so that they understand the importance of them. GPFE currently has a website and a webpage on EvalPartmers website. Also a preliminary brochure is available which does not include recent updates. Therefore communication and advocacy materials would be important to get more parliamentarians engaged in promotion of evaluation. This work will be entrusted with a consultant.
Tasks of the consultant
The consultant is expected to perform the tasks listed below in consultation with the GPFE Steering Committee members, GPFE members, members of regional parliamentarians’ fora and of their executive committees, and individuals in organizations supporting the GPFE.
- Identify needs of communication and advocacy materials in consultation with GPFE Steering Committee and members.
- Finalize themes and outline of identified materials.
- Finalize content of materials.
- Coordinate translation of materials in to French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.
- Finalize lay out of the materials with necessary visuals (web version and printed version)
Deliverables of the consultancy
The consultant is expected to submit following deliverables:
- Recommendations to the GPFE for communication and advocacy materials.
- Finalized materials.
- Final printed and web versions.
Qualifications of the consultant
We are looking for a consultant who
- Has a Master degree in social development, evaluation, political science or related field.
- Expertise and experience in developing communication and advocacy materials.
- Understands or have experience in evaluation.
- Has good understanding of the parliamentarians’ initiative, and global parliamentarians’ forum.
- Has good knowledge and experience in working with parliamentarians.
Being a reputed professional in the evaluation field is an added advantage.
Knowledge on EvalPartners, IOCE and EvalPartners networks is an added advantage.
Time frame and budget:
- The consultancy starts on 1st of July 2017 and deliverables should be completed within three months period.
- Application deadline is the 5th of June 2017 and selection will be finalized by the 20th of June.
- The fee for the total consultancy is USD 6,000 which will be paid after submitting the final products.
- The consultancy fee does not include translation cost. Cost for the translation will be paid separately to translators directly by IOCE.
- Management of the consultancy and payments will be done in line with IOCE management procedures.
- It is expected that the consultant will get input from stakeholders via electronic means (e.g., email, Skype); there will be no extra payments for communication, travel, or any other expenses.
Application and Selection:
Please send your application (CV and the cover letter) to Lynn Burgess by 5th June 2017:
Lynn Burgess firstname.lastname@example.org
Only short listed applicants will be notified with next steps.
Click here to view a PDF version of the Terms of Reference.